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Eco-friendly tour visits Scandinavia and Arctic

A LOCAL 10-member tour group will leave for Scandinavia tomorrow on a trip designed to minimize its impact on the environment.

The travelers will calculate their carbon emissions on every step of the 16-day trip, which will take in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the Arctic, and offset emissions through buying carbon credits.

The tourists are required to make the trip as environmentally friendly as possible, for example, by taking their own vacuum flasks and chopsticks, staying in carbon-neutral hotels and using stairs rather than elevators when possible.

The trip will cost the tourists 100,000 yuan (US$14,580) each, including carbon credits to offset emissions, said CTS Shanghai Overseas Affairs Co Ltd, the trip's organizer.

Environmental protection experts have given the tourists training, telling them how to calculate their carbon emissions with a chart that assesses their food intake, their transport and the amount of energy they consume.

Scandinavian countries lead the world in environmental and recycling practices, and the tourists will also get to see how these systems work and be able to share that knowledge back in China, said Gao Jie, the group's leader.


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